Is this even a fair fight?
The newest chapter of Doomsday Clock shows us what happens when the most powerful character in the Watchmen universe goes up against the combined might of the Justice League.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Doomsday Clock #9!
In the previous issue of the series, Firestorm was framed for a massive explosion in Russia, one which killed numerous civilians and left even Superman himself comatose. The Justice League track the source of that energy burst to Mars. Many of Earth’s most powerful heroes, including several Justice League squads and most of the planet’s Green Lanterns, converge on the planet and the unknown enemy awaiting them.
Naturally, they find Doctor Manhattan waiting for them. And though Manhattan’s perception of time is muddled by tachyons just as it was in the original Watchmen, he proves more than formidable enough a foe to take on this army of superheroes. Manhattan destroys Guy Gardner’s Green Lantern ring and reveals that even magic falls under his ability to manipulate the laws of physics.
Ironically, only Captain Atom (the character on whom Doctor Manhattan is based) proves mighty enough to actually defeat this all-powerful enemy. But just as Manhattan rebuilt his body after being destroyed by Ozymandias in the original Watchmen, he simply regenerates after weathering Atom’s attack. Clearly, this is not an enemy who can be defeated through force.
This issue also features a major revelation concerning “The Supermen Theory,” the growing belief that the United States is home to so many metahumans because it’s been secretly creating them. Manhattan offers Ronnie Raymond a glimpse of his own origin as Firestorm. Ronnie learns that Professor Stein purposely caused the accident that fused the two of them together. Stein believes that roughly one in every thousand humans carries the meta-gene, and that only a terrible trauma can awaken that hidden genetic potential. So while the US hasn’t specifically been breeding metahumans, Stein’s Department of Metahuman Affairs has been quietly working to awaken as many of them as possible.
With this revelations, the DC Universe tips ever closer to all-out war. Making matters worse, this issue ends with Black Adam and an army of villains attacking the United Nations. With so many of Earth’s heroes trapped on Mars, the time is ripe for a metahuman uprising.
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